Gold & Bronze In Douglas
Sale Harriers Clovis Asong and George Craddick won fantastic 400m gold and bronze medals on the second day of the athletics action at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.
The 400m final was an extremely strong field with four runners under 47 seconds. It included the Kenyan who was the 2010 Youth Olympic Champion and was a very serious threat with a 46.4 run a couple of months ago. Clovis, in fine form, had earlier rewritten the history books at the European Youth Olympics when he ran a Championship record time to win the 400m gold medal and then picked up a further 4 x 100m relay silver. George also had come agonisingly close to a medal in the same championships.He lined up alongside the South African who'd pipped him to the line in the semi-final.
In very windy conditions, Clovis, coached by Keith Hunter, got the better of the Kenyan in the second half of the race and came away with England's third gold in the space of 15 minutes with a time of 47.76. George's coach, Dominic Tighe advised a strategy of getting ahead of the South African in the first 300m, confident he'd tire in the final 100m. It worked well and George came off the bend well ahead and, as anticipated, the South African blew up for George to win a surprise bronze medal in 48.99. Having come into the final ranked just sixth fastest, he became one of the most popular medal winners of the day.
Clovis said afterwards: "It feels good because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I wouldn't get to do this again so it feels pretty good. I just wanted to stay as close as I could to the Kenyan so I could power through the last 200m, and it kind of worked."
A delighted George also said: "It feels amazing, especially when my PB wasn't in the top three in the field. It shocked me the most in the last 100m because I knew I was in a good position and I just needed to finish it off and I did."
Said Dominic Tighe, ". Clovis and George were not only great individual competitors but also work really well as a team, travelling together, warming up together and encouraging each other throughout the competition."
Of particular note for the club is that, in a very successful competition for England, it was the only time England had two on the podium at the same time ... let alone from the same club!!! (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:49